TURKEY

TURKEY

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Turkey is a vast and varied country boasting incredible landscapes and natural wonders bordered by four different seas. Well known as a great destination for relaxing beach holidays, it also offers many sporting activities, some of the world’s most important ancient monuments, welcoming Turkish hospitality and a delicious and varied national cuisine. So come and holiday in Turkey…

As a large country boasting an incredibly varied landscape that can cater for almost every kind of activity, Turkey has it all ­ from relaxing beach and family holidays soaking up the sunshine, city breaks in historic settings to action-packed activity holidays amid stunning scenery. Explore the array of year-round active pursuits available in Turkey, including white-water rafting, trekking, ballooning, yachting and skiing; as well as a huge variety of other things to experience in Turkey: Turkish baths and spas, nature and wildlife and shopping and nightlife just to name a few!

Key information

Time difference
+2 hours
Local currency
Turkish lira
Peak season
May - August
BODRUM

Bodrum is an inviting, colorful crowd full of surprises, sometimes a humble wiseacre and a loose wise man, sometimes it is an alone crazy, it is freedom, love; Bodrum is sun, sea and after all it is history… In short Bodrum is everything and everybody. Because everybody has it is own Bodrum here. Some live a modest, peaceful and quiet life, some live crazily madly. Bodrum is a White that bears all colors and also internalizes them. It rains different here and also the sun rise different and sets completely different. Wind blows different, sea smells else. Bodrum is the naughtiest, the haughtiest, the most inert, the most beautiful, the most honest and the most frank child of Nature Mother.

Today, Bodrum is one of the most important centers of trade, art and entertainment as it has been since centuries ago… This coastal town in which traditional and modern life go along hand in hand in an excellent harmony opens it arms for those who want to be acquainted with her and live her.

GUMBET

Gumbet is a lively beach resort and a popular tourist destination on the Aegean coast of Turkey, 3 km. from famous Bodrum resort, in the Mugla Province. Gumbet has become a major tourist destination on the Aegean coast of Turkey especially for the UK holidaymakers.

HISARONU

A thriving resort

Wind back to 1990 and Hisaronu, nestled inland on Turkey’s southwest coast, was a quiet village. It began to develop as an overspill of nearby Olu Deniz, and is now a bustling destination in its own right. It’s full of bars and clubs that keep things pumping through the night, and it’s just a short dolmus ride from some of Turkey’s most jaw-dropping beaches.

Spectacular Blue Lagoon

Hisaronu doesn’t have its own beach but Olu Deniz is just 4 kilometres away – there’s a regular dolmus between the 2. Along with the main beach, you also get the spectacular Blue Lagoon, a conservation area known for its sparkling azure water. You’ll find canoes and pedaloes on the waterfront, and plenty of cafés serving up drinks and snacks.

Buzzy by night

Hisaronu is fast developing a reputation for being a party hotspot. Most of the clubs and bars are clustered along the main street, and you’ll find a real mix – karaoke, foam parties, cabaret, drag acts, and more. You’ll also find more laid-back bars if you just want a drink – and for more nightlife options, it’s just a short dolmus ride to Fethiye.

ICMELER

Backed by nature

On Turkey’s southwest coast, Icmeler comes with a first-rate setting. It’s in a sweeping bay that’s surrounded by pine-forested mountains. The resort has a canal running through it, and there’s a traditional old village here, too. The place is purpose-built, but there are plenty of restaurants serving up authentic cuisine. And location-wise, it’s close to bigger and bubblier Marmaris.

Blue Flag beach life

Icmeler comes with a wide sand and shingle beach that curves around the entire bay. Palm and eucalyptus trees provide plenty of shade, and the promenade – which runs all the way to Marmaris – is lined with shops, bars and restaurants. There’s a full quota of watersports here – pedalos, banana boats, jet-skis, paragliding – and it’s a top place for snorkelling and diving, too.

Walker's delight

Icmeler really comes into its own when you explore on foot. A walk into the old village takes about 15 minutes from the centre, while an evening’s stroll along the beach gets you a sunset view over Keçi Adasi, the island out in the bay. Or strike out into the hillside for the scent of pines, jasmine and eucalyptus growing wild.

Daytrips to Marmaris and Rhodes

It’s about 10 minutes by dolmus to Marmaris. It’s full of restaurants and bars but there’s also an Ottoman castle to explore and an upmarket marina for waterfront dining. From here, a high-speed catamaran can get you over to the Greek island of Rhodes in less than an hour. Rhodes Town is packed with Medieval heritage and has an acropolis and Roman amphitheatre. You’ll need your passport.

MARMARIS

Marmaris is one of Turkey’s most popular resorts, which attracts lots of British holidaymakers, many of whom return year after year. It is a favourite with families and young couples alike. It is in a stunning setting, its geography remarkably similar to that of the fjords, with pine-clad hills dropping steeply to the sea, jagged inlets and tiny rocky islets off the coast.
There is a wide choice of accommodation, from five star luxury to self-catering apartments, but the vast majority is of three star standard. Most of the accommodation is built on either side of the main seafront road, some is on the seafront itself, but many of the newer hotels are on the hillside in areas such as Armutalan.

There are many water sports centres in Marmaris or at the coves, ready to assist you in surface or underwater sports adventures – including extreme sports. Akvaryum (Aquarium) Cove, Baca (Chimney) Sea Cave and reef area are the fascinating diving spots for domestic and foreign visitors. Nature and adventure sports such as rafting on Dalaman Stream, and trekking tours are organised by travel agencies. Jeep Safari is yet another alternative.
Some of the sites of ancient cities in the environs of Marmaris are as follows: Amos (Hisaronii-Turung), Bybassos (Hisaronii), Kastabos (Hisaronu), Syma (Bayir Village), Larymna (Bozburun), Thyssanos (Sogiit), Phoinix (Tashca), Loryma (Bozukkale), Kasara (Serge Harbour), Cedrai (Sedir Island), Euthena and Amnistos.(Karacasogut).

OVACIK

Hisarönü and Ovacık
Twenty years ago there were only a few houses in Hisarönü but now it is a lively region in its own right. It is set in a stunning location, surrounded by pine-clad mountains, and hotels were built in the local style. The beach of Ölüdeniz is just a 15-minute ride away. Just a short distance from Hisarönü, is the newer resort area of Ovacık, which is essentially a collection of hotels and apartment buildings, blending in with the stunning mountain scenery.